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UID cards being made at doorstep
Ludhiana, March 10
Want to get an Aadhaar card made without showing your residence proof or standing in a long queue for hours. Just pay a few bucks and the entire paraphernalia, including finger-print machines, cameras, etc, will be brought to your doorstep. The only condition is that there should be at least 30 card seekers.

CMC admission scam: More skeletons tumble out
Ludhiana, March 10
Two days after the Muzaffarnagar police visited the city and questioned Valentine, additional finance officer of Christian Medical College (CMC) for his alleged involvement in the admission racket, which was unearthed recently, more skeletons have started to tumble out of the closet. Valentine is one of the persons named in the FIR.


Two nabbed with contraband
Ludhiana, March 10
With the arrest of two persons, the city police has claimed to have busted a drug smuggling racket. It has recovered 25 kg of opium and 35 gm of heroin from the arrested persons. The ADCP (Crime), Harmohan Singh Sandhu, said two persons had been arrested in separate incidents and a huge quantity of drugs recovered from them.

ADCP Harmohan Singh Sandhu (centre) with the seized opium at a press conference in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Activists of the Green Welfare Club nurture a sapling on the Dehliz road in Mandi AhmedgarhTogether for a green cause
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 10
They are waiting for the time when their dream to see trees all the way on the roads and streets of the town come true. Not only they plant costly samplings of ornamental trees and shade trees on special days, they also look after them everyday during their scheduled morning walk. Activists of the Green Welfare Club, led by Jyoti Rai, Gaurav Singla and Rajan Goyal, have undertaken a project to plant saplings on all the roads and streets, for which they have taken permission from the civic body.

Activists of the Green Welfare Club nurture a sapling on the Dehliz road in Mandi Ahmedgarh on Sunday. A Tribune photo

Police shuts eyes to spitting on platforms
Ludhiana, March 10
Though littering and spitting on a platform is a punishable offence in the Railway Act, not a single case has been registered at the RPF police station Ludhiana since the Act was implemented in December 2012. Ironically, a number of employees of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) are not aware about their power to fine someone.

A wall at the Ludhiana railway station presents an ugly look. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ex-soldier drugged on bus
Ludhiana, March 10
A swindler fled away with Rs 24,000 and other important documents after sedating a 50-year-old retired soldier while the latter was returning from Jalandhar by a bus. Narrating the incident, the victim, Bachan Singh, a resident of the Guru Nanak Pura area, here, said he went to the Jalandhar Cantt area to receive his pension.


Ludhiana calling
Satjeet Kaur Deol, best graduate of the MBBS 2007 batch, shows her gold medal during the annual convocation at the DMCH in Ludhiana. Commuters break law only because they can
City people love to break rules and it applies especially when it comes to traffic rules. While standing at a red light today, I observed that many people were crossing the road at the red light. Generally, policemen are there at the lights and I was wondering if they were not on duty today.

Satjeet Kaur Deol, best graduate of the MBBS 2007 batch, shows her gold medal during the annual convocation at the DMCH in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Muga silk sarees in great demand at North-East expo
Ludhiana, March 10
The North-East Trade Expo at Harry's Kumra Palace has eco-friendly products ranging from decorative to products of everyday use. The exhibition epitomises in creating cane and bamboo products.

Furniture made of bamboo; and (right) artifacts on display at the North-East Expo in Ludhiana. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana scan
Rekha enthrals audience
Singer Rekha Bhardwaj performed at the Sutlej Club during a Sufi Rock evening here on Saturday. The Bollywood singer sang songs from her movies as well as of singers like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Prior to her, a Delhi-based rock band “Nasya” also performed singing Punjabi Haryanvi and sufi songs.

Rekha Bhardwaj while performing in Ludhiana on Saturday night. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

No headway in stolen car cases, residents feel insecure
Doraha/Sahnewal, March 10
Even as a gang of car thieves is active in and around Ludhiana for the past more than a month, the police is yet to make any headway. Harjit Singh Dhillon, a resident of Sahnewal, had parked his Getz car (white colour), number PB 10 CL-8172, outside the Apollo Hospital on March 8 evening when a person with trimmed hair, broke open the lock and fled away with the car even as the car owner was standing at a distance of few metres from the car at the time. A case was registered with Sherpur chowk police who was informed there and then. But no trace of the car could be found till the filing of the report.

New pedestrian Underpass stinks
Ludhiana, March 10
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has failed to maintain the recently inaugurated pedestrian underpass (PUP) opposite the Mini-Secretariat. With the MC in deep slumber, the new underpass has literally been reduced to a urinal by some residents, who seem to be least bothered about the cleanliness of the place. The Rs 3.5 crore PUP is the first-of-its-kind project of the state and was inaugurated in November last year. The foundation stone of the project was laid by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in November, 2010, and municipal officials were expecting its completion by November 30, 2011.

The pedestrian underpass opposite the Mini-Secretariat, Ludhiana, is being used as a urinal by residents. Photo: Inderjeet verma

PCMS docs to hold protest from March 18
Ludhiana March 10
PCMS doctors all-over the state will observe "Protest week" against the Punjab Government for demands of doctors from March 18 onwards. This was decided in a state executive meeting of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association held here today.

Members of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association address a press conference in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Jagraon SHO made scapegoat, allege truck union members
Jagraon, March 10
A general feeling among the police and political circles was that SHO city Mohd Jamil, who has been put under suspension by the police department, has been made a scapegoat in the police action against a local businessman who has close ties to a senior leader of ruling party.

Divine blessings:
Devotees offer milk and flowers on the occasion of Mahashivratri at Gita Mata Mandir in Vikas Nagar, Ludhiana, on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

7.2 pc HIV+ cases due to syringes: Experts
Ludhiana, March 10
There are over 21 per cent ill-fated AIDS patient among others, who got affected with the use of aids affected needles during injecting the drugs. According to the statistics, the ratio of such youth in across the country is 7.2 percent.

From schools
Graduation ceremony
Ludhiana: Cherubs the Preschool, Dugri, celebrated its first annual day and graduation ceremony here on Sunday. The theme of the event was "colours of the world". The tiny-tots organised a a dance performance. The students also gave a lesson to save nature. Everyone was spell bound to see the mesmerizing performance of the tiny-tots. The parents also performed salsa and tango for their kids and the audience. The event ended with the annual prize distribution and graduation ceremony. The little ones went on stage in graduation gowns and caps to receive their kindergarten degree.

Residents celebrate Shivratri with fervour
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 10 Religious fervour and enthusiasm marked the Shivratari celebrations in the local town and surrounding localities including Rohira, Payal, Malaudh, Dehlon, Raikot and Sihar. Devotees of Lord Shiva paid their obeisance at Ram Mandir, Shiv Mandir, Luxmi Narayan Mandir, Sat Narayan Mandir and Hanuman Mandir here and Shiv temples at Rohira, Pohir, Kanganwal and Barundi villages. Chanting of mantras and bhajans marked the celebrations at most of the temples.

For him the world is ‘micro’
Ludhiana, March 10
Every time painter Vijay Kumar Momi creates something new, he leaves onlookers spellbound. For him, the world is 'micro' as he can paint fine details of any object with precision on something as small as a seed or a grain.He has gained mastery over the art as he has been at it for the past 15 years, says the 30-year-old from Phillaur.

The London Bridge painted on half the almond. A Tribune photograph

Women protest against police inaction in Jagraon
Jagraon, March 10
Some women staged a protest against the alleged inaction of the police officials in a woman harassment case. The protest was held outside a police chowki, Kaunke Kalan, under the Jagraon police station. One of the protesting women alleged that she had lodged a complaint of being harassed by a local youth many months ago.

Women stage a protest outside the police post in Jagraon on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

IGNOU organises induction meeting
Ludhiana, March 10
An 'Induction Meeting' of Indira Gandhi National Open University, was held in the IGNOU Special Study Centre at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, on the eve of the commencement of the new session.

Aanganwari workers protest outside MP's residence
Ludhiana, March 10
On the call given by Federation of India, Aanganwari workers staged a protest and gheraod the residence of MP Manish Tiwari here today. The workers demanded that government must provide government employee status to the Anganwari workers. The workers said that the Central Government had not fulfilled its promise and did not provide any grades to the workers and the helpers.

Police women sit at a bus shelter near Union Minister Manish Tewari’s residence in Ludhiana where Anganwari workers held a protest on Sunday.
Taking a breather: Police women sit at a bus shelter near Union Minister Manish Tewari’s residence in Ludhiana where Anganwari workers held a protest on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Three booked for fraud
Ludhiana, March 10
The city police has booked three persons for committing a fraud of Rs 1.45 crore. The accused have been identified as Harpreet Singh of Professor Colony, Barewal Road, Jaswinder Singh of Kotkapura, and an unknown person for duping Baldev Singh, a resident of Baddowal road.

Youth held on molestation charge
Khanna, March 10
A seven-year-old girl had a narrow escape when a youth tried to molest her. Her parents and neighbour heard her cries and gathered on the spot and saved her from the clutches of the youth.

Gold chain snatched
Ludhiana, March 10
Two motorcycle-borne youngsters snatched the gold chain of an elderly woman in New Kitchlu Nagar today. The victim, who has been identified as Kanta Rani (55), a resident of New Kitchlu Nagar, was visiting her relatives when two motorcycle-borne youngsters came close to her and snatched her gold chain. The PAU police station has registered a case and started investigation. TNS


Speed Fund scheme
Rs 5,500 not enough for sportsmen: Experts
Ludhiana, March 10
Last year, the Sports Department, Punjab, revised the fund that was being given for refreshment to sportspersons, yet the sportsmen covered under the Speed Fund Scheme feel that they are getting less funds. Sports experts said the money which a sportsperson was getting under the scheme was insufficient to get all facilities.



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